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Last season, IU ended VCU's tournament run, so there's the obvious revenge factor. But there's another enormous reason that Joe IU Fan does not want to see the Hoosiers face this herd of Rams in this season's tournament.
Indiana commits a lot more than its fans would like, just over 13 per game. If the Hoosiers could escape a meeting with VCU at only 13 turnovers, that's a good day, because the Rams come up with takeaways on a whopping 29 percent of opponents' possessions. That figure leads the nation, as one might expect.
Guards Darius Theus and Briante Weber combine for 5.7 steals per game by themselves, and that's less than half of the team's average. IU freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell has been steady with the ball so far, but he hasn't seen a sea of prying hands like this.
The Rams have failed to force 15 turnovers only five times this season. Not coincidentally, they have five losses on the year.
To be fair, if the VCU offense isn't connecting from long range, it will struggle. A full 38 percent of the Rams' shots go up from beyond the arc. IU contests the three well, so the Hoosiers could keep the game close or build a lead by forcing bricks.
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